Salamander - Food Preparation
Planning and preparing food for eight people for an Atlantic crossing is no easy feat. For a start no one knows exactly how long we are going to take, we can make a good guess on previous crossings and the distance we are going to travel.Sue is a master at this and spent at least a week in Las Palmas cooking and freezing evening meals ready for the trip. That however is only a small part of the story.Alongside all the frozen food is the fresh fruit and vegetables. This all needs storing carefully (after being meticulously cleaned, before being allowed on board). Storage has to be accessible but also suitable for the type of food if it's going to remain fresh for the duration of the trip.Some is kept refrigerated while others are just kept in the coolest, darkest places that are. read more...
Salamander - Hanging out the Washing
On any sailing boat, space is at a premium and Salamander is no exception. As a result we have a limited wardrobe for the trip.This means that clothes washing and drying is essential in order to have clothes that do not stand up on their own!Salamander of course has a washing machine, but it is not used on an ocean passage in rolling waves. The mechanics of a rotating drum in a tossing sea is not recommended by washing machines manufacturers!Some use their time in the shower to wash clothes while I prefer the black wash bucket on the aft deck, where there is a deck shower as a ready supply of water and making a sloppy, soapy mess isn't much of a problem!It's also close to our carefully rigged clothes line all across the transom.The conditions of course are ideal for drying clothes, good. read more...
Salamander - Ralph - Why am I doing ARC 2022?
I'm Ralph, a medic who strayed into business, until recently working a bit too hard and didn't have time to think about the bigger stuff like what happens after work stops. Three decades ago, in the days before children, when starting to sail, I devoured everything about sailing around the world. Then life happens and hey.I didn't think about it again until recently, triggered by some very clever marketing from one of the British manufacturers, essentially plugging the idea you've only got one life and a circumnavigation, while agile and healthy enough, is the best way to see the planet. So I got thinking. Realistically it's a five year project, from finding a boat, through getting used to it, and then the planning, even before setting off. So if I am going to do it, I better get. read more...
Salamander - Alan - Why am I doing ARC 2022?
I tend to view life as a series of chapters.While opening my 57th birthday cards this morning I was reminded by my step-daughter that our "sailing" chapter started with a family flotilla in Greece.A second flotilla prompted my wife and I to get our day skipper qualifications, which is where the ARC idea started.Over a couple of beers in Cowes, my fellow Competent Crew trainees mentioned the ARC. Clearly this was a trip that was well known and on their bucket list already. Further research identified Salamander and with encouragement from Jane, an email was dispatched once home.Thirteen months later, I'm experiencing the trip of a lifetime with a fantastic crew on a beautiful boat.Am I from a sailing family? No. Was it on a bucket list? No. So why am I here?A fresh challenge, new. read more...
Salamander - Changing Gybe
As a result of the passing squalls we were now around 30 degrees off our desired course.The decision was to change our sail plan so that we could steer the course to avoid "the big blue hole" - maybe more on that later.I'm used to racing Contessa 32's in the Solent and changing sail plans took no more than a minute or two. What we were about to undertake would take the best part of an hour!We started by furling the staysail and taking the pole down. Also refeeding the lazy sheets to their correct positions.Next we furled the Genoa and went through the Gybe from starboard to port take. Then the pole had to be stored and all the lines stowed too.On the helm it was critical to keep the boat steady and the sails filled as the crew were working on the foredeck. Sudden changes in movement can. read more...